Antitrust and competition

Competition economics is our core activity. Since the creation of MAPP, we have been involved in several dozens of cases in all fields of competition law.

In addition to casework, we contribute to the public debate on competition law and the role of economics in its evolution: we respond to public consultations launched by competition authorities, we participate to the work of the International Competition Network and the OECD competition forum, and we publish extensively on competition matters in law and economics journals.

Our reports have been presented to the European Commission, the competition authorities of France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, as well as to the Court of First Instance of the European Communities of Luxembourg, the Court of Appeals of Paris, several courts of arbitration, the Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf and national civil courts in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

MAPP’s clients include many large European, American and Japanese corporations, active in many different industries, including media, banking, telecoms, agriculture, energy, sports, consumer goods, retailing, transportation, and raw materials.

For every case, we choose from a vast toolbox the theoretical models and empirical techniques that are most relevant to the competition question under scrutiny. This allows us to conduct many types of analyses, such as:

  • market delineation;

  • the simulation of the likely effects of mergers on costs, prices, and entry;

  • the formulation and analysis of 'tacit collusion scenarios' in order to check whether a merger may create or strengthen a collective dominant position;

  • the assessment of the risk that a vertical or conglomeral merger will lead to anticompetitive foreclosure;

  • the identification of behavioral or structural remedies that could solve the competition problems raised by mergers;

  • the identification and measurement of the competitive impact of practices such as rebates, exclusivity clauses, bundling, or information exchanges;

  • the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the impact of cartels on prices;

  • the assessment of the existence and consequences of State aids.

MAPP has been ranked as the best antitrust economics consultancy in France by the specialized journal Décideurs – Stratégie, Finance, Droit, for four years in a row (2010 to 2013).